In between the comings and goings of boys numbers 1, 2, and 3, boy #5 had a birthday. Titus turned 6 years old. We had a party with cousins, aunts, and Grandma. Abigail crowned him king for the day, naturally. King Titus received several lovely gifts from his Grandma, Aunts,and parents, but seemed especially excited about the birthday cards.
Other exciting Summer happenings:
A. Gideon lost his first tooth!
Apparently showing off for the camera is fun for kiddos from all cultures.
One camp out was a "boys only" camp out, and the mama was left completely alone in the house, over-night, for the first time....E.V.E.R. She could have gone to band practice, she could have stayed the night with a friend, and she could have gone to a fun BBQ. Instead, all she did was stay home, cry, and watch shows on Hulu. She is embarrassed and doesn't want to talk about it.
D. Gideon lost his second tooth!
E. I/she jumped in with the SweetTarts for a Saturday morning gig in the park, for our community clean-up day. In case you didn't know, I haven't done much with them lately, due to life, kids, etc...Turns out I don't have as much time to be a rock star as I thought. But I thought I'd get one last hoo-rah in before the school year started back up. My sweet sister-in-law, Jubilee, who just moved here from WA (and brought my adorable nephew with her), watched the boys for me that day, and again, the next week end, when I went on our church's ladies retreat. I did much better without my kiddos & hubby that weekend, since I had so many neat gals around me. I definitely needed that weekend. I came home feeling refreshed spiritually & emotionally closer to God, and to other women. So, thank you, Auntie Jubilee!!!
Now that I am actually sitting down to blog, I can't remember everything else that happened during the Summer. Or anything else, for that matter. But I know we were busy little bees all Summer long. I just can't remember where I put that darn honey. All I know is that if I don't get this one Summer-wrap-up blog post out, I may never blog again. I must have things in chronological order, you know. If I don't, life just doesn't make sense, and I may as well give up on blogging. Forever. Period.
We are now in the full swing of the new school year. Our home group (aka: Bible study) started up again on Tuesdays, and we love it. Justin is leading it & he does a great job. The kids & I are going to Pioneer Club on Wednesdays, where they get to have a blast, and I get to teach the 2 & 3 years olds. There is high school youth group on Mondays, middle school youth group on Tuesdays, Celebrate Recovery on Fridays (where I am privileged to be part of the official, new "CR Band"), and, of course, church on Sundays. I'm desperately trying to get the boys' school lessons done during the days, and not let them get behind....this time. I sometimes feel like I'm failing my kids by not having them all in sports, and music lessons, and such....but, seriously, when would I do it??? I don't honestly know how anyone does it. Justin is also involved in our church's Men's Fraternity, which is an awesome thing, but is so very early in the morning that I am barely breathing when he leaves the house. He is working like a dog, as usual, to support all of us. He is also constantly working on our cars, with their various issues, on his days off. The poor guy needs a break. I think he still wants to take us out on one more camp out before Winter hits. I want a million dollars. I'll let you know if either event comes to pass.
Health update: I finally went to an endocrinologist a couple weeks ago. Although he accused me of "drinking the Koolaid" because I've been seeing a naturopath, he did tell me that he did not believe that I have cancer, in his own personal opinion. He thinks that it is even less likely than Dr. R. had thought, because of the way my nodules were "behaving". And, get this: he could not even feel my biggest nodule any more! Four months ago, two other doctors could see and feel it. This guy is a thyroid specialist & he couldn't even feel them. Must be all that Koolaid I'm drinking. Of course, he said that doesn't "mean anything"....but I know it does. Not to mention that one of my thyroid blood tests came back notably improved. He wants to do another ultra sound in a few weeks to see how things are doing, but I don't know that I want to dish out another $50 co-pay just to confirm what I already know. Anyway, there is obviously no medical emergency happening, so I can really take a lot of time to just focus on getting healthy. I am so thankful to God for my naturopath. I have lost about 20 pounds (depending on the day...), and am able to take less "old lady" medicines than before. I'm still having some stomach issues, but I am healthier over all. God is good.